GPS guided paracargo for firefighters

This autonomous paracargo system could come in handy for resupplying firefighters at night or during during smoky conditions.

From the BLM:

Thousands of pounds of supplies are delivered to firefighters each season. JPAD or Joint Position Air Drop allows smokejumpers to drop GPS-guided paracargo in low-visibility conditions.

This system is a fully autonomous GPS-guided military airdrop, using steerable parachutes and an onboard computer to steer paracargo to a precise location. Video courtesy of AFS fire personnel.

Paracargo delivery on the Mendocino National Forest

The BLM in Alaska defines paracargo:

Paracargo is the rigging, loading, and safe aerial delivery of a wide variety of supplies and equipment in support of wildland fire operations.

Most any supply or piece of fire equipment can and has been delivered by paracargo. Packages range from 10 to 1500 lbs in size and large orders are typically palletized for delivery. Typical delivered supplies include food, water, pumps, hose, chainsaws, 4-wheelers, zodiacs, and 55-gallon fuel drums.

Paracargo can deliver goods over long distances and is usually faster and more cost efficient than rotor aircraft. Close to 300,000 lbs. of cargo are delivered in a typical season with over 715,000 lbs. delivered in the busy 2009 season.